Watch Live: NASA’s DART Spacecraft Crashes Into Asteroid Dimorphos


In lower than 24 hours, NASA’s DART spacecraft might be not more. After launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Nov. 24, 2021, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test probe will make its ultimate loss of life dive into the asteroid Dimorphos on Monday, Sept. 26, colliding with the distance rock at about 14,000 miles according to hour. 

We’ve were given all of the information you wish to have to observe the grand finale reside proper right here, together with livestream hyperlinks from two cameras in deep area.

First, we will have to reiterate there is not any want to be alarmed. The asteroid Dimorphos, which circles a bigger asteroid referred to as Didymos, poses no risk to Earth. The undertaking is designed as a take a look at run of planetary protection with the aim of proving {that a} deep area collision can modify the orbit of an area rock. The sparsely organized loss of life dive will spoil the DART and, if all is going to devise, modify the orbit of Dimorphos round its mum or dad Didymos ever so moderately. 

In fresh weeks, the workforce from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory were assessing the asteroid pair from a distance, ensuring we’ve a company working out of the asteroids’ orbits. Once DART has been destroyed, ground-based area telescopes will review Didymos and Dimorphos to look simply how a lot the orbit has modified. 

The $308 million spacecraft’s lone software is the Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical navigation (DRACO) and it’ll be switched on for ultimate dive, taking {a photograph} each and every 2d. Another tiny satellite tv for pc, which snuck out of DART on how to its goal, can also be looking at. 

About 3 mins or so after the collision, the shoebox-size dice (referred to as the Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging Asteroids) will take high-res pictures of the crash website online and the wear and tear accomplished to the 525-foot asteroid. Another undertaking, scheduled to release in 2024, will even rendezvous with Didymos someday in 2026. 

But that is for later, for now, this is how you’ll see DART’s loss of life.

How to observe NASA’s DART protection

NASA’s DART loss of life is primetime viewing on Monday, going down only a few hours earlier than the massive Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. 

The spacecraft will collide with Dimorphos at 4:14 p.m. PT/7:14 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 26. Live protection is scheduled to start out at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET by means of NASA TV

Our YouTube channel, unitechradar Highlights, may have two streams. The major livestream and a feed from the spacecraft’s DRACO digicam. NASA notes that the feed will most commonly be black as soon as it switches on, however because the spacecraft approaches, the asteroid pair will come into sight. It will have to be beautiful exciting.

Here’s how that point interprets to other zones:

  • US: Sep. 26, 4:14 p.m. PT/7:14 p.m. ET
  • Brazil: Sep. 26 , 8:14 p.m. (Federal District)
  • UK: Sep. 26, 11:14 p.m.
  • South Africa: Sep. 27, 1:14 a.m.
  • Russia: Sep. 27, 2:14 a.m. (Moscow)
  • United Arab Emirates: Sep. 27, 3:14 a.m. 
  • India: Sep. 27, 4:44 a.m.
  • China: Sep. 27, 7:14 a.m.
  • Japan: Sep. 27, 8:14 a.m.
  • Australia: Sep. 27, 9:14 a.m. AEST

Sounds superior. Where can I in finding out extra about DART?

When DART introduced again in November 2021, unitechradar’s Monisha Ravisetti put in combination this to hand explainer concerning the undertaking and its targets. The workforce at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory additionally has a ton of sources about the undertaking, together with to hand interactives and the newest updates. 

Make certain to test again right here for the livestream hyperlinks nearer to release and try unitechradar Science for more room tales. 


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